emergencies emergencies

The Fairfax County 911 Center in Virginia takes calls during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It was relatively easy to locate callers when most people used landlines. But most 911 calls now come from cellphones, which can pinpoint a callers' location only within 100 to 300 meters. Greg E. Mathieson Sr./Mai/Landov hide caption

toggle caption
Greg E. Mathieson Sr./Mai/Landov

Calling 911 On Your Cell? It's Harder To Find You Than You Think

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/358307881/358363585" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Broken and non-functional traffic lights hang over an intersection in Atlantic City, N.J., on Monday. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Seth Wenig/AP